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King Solomon's Seal
Asparagaceae – Asparagus family
Up to 3ft long
Alternate, parallel veined
Single stem, slender, gently bent
Rootstock stout, whitish with large circular "seals"
April to June
Drooping, whitish to yellowish-green, tubular or bell-like, 6 petaled, borne from a branched peduncle at each leaf stalk.
Bluish to black non-edible
False Solomon's Seal Maianthemum racemosum appears similar at first glance, but upon closer inspection the differences are glaringly obvious. The flowers of False Solomon's Seal are are borne in an umbel at the end of the stem, rather than at each leaf stalk like those of Solomon's Seal. The berries are speckled with gold at first, but ripen to a ruby-red. The rootstock of M. racemosum has circular "seals" like P. biflorum, but they are slender and yellowish in color.
When young the stems of M. racemosum are considered edible, although I do not find them very appealing.
Food: Young sprout, rootstock Medicinal: Rootstock.
Wild Food Uses:
Young shoots can be added to salads, or cooked and eaten as an asparagus substitute. The starchy rootstock can be eaten as a potato substitute.
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This plant has been shown to be effective at treating indigestion, arthritis, cuts, bruises, sores, and lung ailments. It is said to also be effective at treating skin irritations.